News of Davy Jones' untimely passing on Wednesday, February 29 morning has sent a shock through Hollywood and prompted outpour of grief and condolences. All three surviving members of The Monkees have remembered their late bandmate in individual Facebook message, while the likes of Will Smith and Eva Longoria took to their Twitter to pay tribute.
"So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings," wrote guitarist Michael Nesmith on his page. "That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won't abandon him to mortality."
"I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane," he continued. "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us."
Another member, Dolenz, admitted in his post, "I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena." He added, "The time we worked together and had together is something I'll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime."
Fellow bandmate, Tork, also posted his thought on Facebook. "It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones," he wrote. "His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T."
Hollywood star Smith, in the meantime, posted on his Twitter, "R.I.P. Davy Jones. Retweet for respect," TV beauty Longoria tweeted her sympathy, "My heart is sad that my favorite Monkee Davey Jones has passed away! #I'mABeliever," and drummer Questlove wrote, "Damn. Davy Jones is gone. I loved the Monkees."
Also among those expressing condolences via the social media were William Shatner, Kevin Smith and Melissa Gilbert. Shatner said, "My condolences go out to the family of Davy Jones. MBB," Smith wrote, "A Daydream ends: DAVY JONES DIES...His life was a big barrel of win (&Monkees). Marcia Brady will be inconsolable...," and Gilbert remembered, "Davy Jones and The Monkees were such an important part of my childhood...I'm speechless..."
Jones passed away at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack in Florida on Wednesday morning. The "I'm a Believer" hitmaker is survived by wife Jessica Pacheco-Jones, three sisters, four daughters and three grandchildren.